During this year’s Hunger Action Month® Shipt employees demonstrated the company’s purpose by answering the call to volunteer. In alignment with the company-wide activation for Hunger Action Month®, Shipt launched their first Shipt Serves Volunteer Week - when the company paused the day-to-day work to get out in local communities and do good. The team set a goal of 1,000 hours for the month and exceeded it. More than 250 team Shipt HQ team members, encouraged by volunteer week, exceeded expectations by logging 1,515 volunteer hours. In total, 53 local nonprofits across the country benefited, allowing the organizations to provide nearly 70,000 meals to food-insecure families. This is in addition to the $325,000 Shipt has pledged to Feeding America® and local member food banks for 2022.
Shipt team members proudly helped local food banks, food pantries, local community gardens and food security organizations, including the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Second Harvest Heartland, Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco and Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, AL.
“We are incredibly thankful to our friends at Shipt for giving their time and energy,” said Ginger Pegues, Director of Development for the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. “When donated food is sorted, and meal boxes are thoughtfully put together, lives are positively impacted in our local communities. Volunteers are critical to our mission.”
The elimination of hunger is core to who Shipt is - and why the company recognizes Hunger Action Month® each year to raise awareness and rally customers and team members to help people facing hunger. Volunteerism is a critical resource that resonates with many of Shipt’s partners, and Shipt is committed to supporting their missions through team member engagement. Volunteer Week and Hunger Action Month® are part of the company’s broader volunteer efforts where, so far this year, Shipt team members have logged more than 5,000 hours in communities nationwide.
Catalog Analyst Chris Williams said, “Volunteering with other team members during Shipt Serves week was not only a positive experience for me, but it was also an opportunity to connect with the community while putting our company values into action. Making that connection and collaborating on something outside our normal scope of work will prove to be extremely beneficial in the long run.”
Shipt’s community partners agree. “Through their volunteer efforts, Shipt makes a remarkable difference in the lives of neighbors facing food insecurity, making impossible choices each day,” Pegues said. “When we all come together, we are truly better together.”
The Shipt team invites you to join them in the fight to end hunger, in partnership with Feeding America®, in the following ways: